In pictures: A look inside Westport House The 18th-century mansion, which is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, has been home to the Browne family for generations Fri 27 Jan 2017 Westport House sold to Co Mayo hotelier Westport House, Co Mayo. It was orginally built on the foudations of one castles owned by Grace O’Malley the Pirate Queen of Connacht. It was extened and reworked over the years by architects Richard Cassels (of Carton and Leinster House architectural fame), James Wyatt and Thomas Ivory A wax figure of WB Yeats in the library. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh The drawing room has a 19th Century "sky" ceiling designed by James Wyatt. The parquet flooring is considered to be among the finest in Ireland. Photograph: Westport House A view of the reception hall from the main stairway. Photograph: Johnny Bambury/Fennell Photography The reception hall. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh The large diningroom at Westport House. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh The gallery room, which is lined with portraits. The dungeons at Westport House. Photograph: Westport House The old kitchen, once the heart of the house, is now a cafe.